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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining collection
The First Doctor Box Set contains three stories from the William Hartnell years and they are an entertaining mixture. We have an alien story (The Sensorites), a historical piece (The Time Meddler) and a fun tale (The Gunfighters). Also there's a variety of companions. While Susan, Ian and Barbara (the first companions) appear in The Sensorites, the others feature Steven...
Published on 24 Feb 2003 by keithn

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who - 1st Doctor Box Set
This box set contains three stories; The Sensorites, The Time Meddler and the Gunfighters. Each story is taken from the first three seasons of Doctor Who in the mid-1960's. The Sensorites, from season one, is a pretty good story, set in a non-hostile alien world, with the enemies being rebels of the life form of the planet. The Time Meddler from season 2 is a very good...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining collection, 24 Feb 2003
This review is from: Doctor Who - The First Doctor (The Sensorites [1964] / The Time Meddler [1965] / The Gunfighters [1966]) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The First Doctor Box Set contains three stories from the William Hartnell years and they are an entertaining mixture. We have an alien story (The Sensorites), a historical piece (The Time Meddler) and a fun tale (The Gunfighters). Also there's a variety of companions. While Susan, Ian and Barbara (the first companions) appear in The Sensorites, the others feature Steven (played by an impressive Peter Purves), Vicki and Dodo. If you are too young to remember the Hartnell days, you will find these stories of great interest. The box is a good blend of the variety that made Doctor Who so entertaining and the production notes are of value too. This is recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's a space helmet for a cow!", 10 Jan 2006
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Jimmy Lovesey (Cardiff, South Wales) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Who - The First Doctor (The Sensorites [1964] / The Time Meddler [1965] / The Gunfighters [1966]) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This box is a delghtful collection of classic episodes from William Hartnell's era as The Doctor in the 1960's. The three stories are all vastly different, which really makes one appreciate the variety of styles the show utilised in the 60's, a variety all too often less prevalent in its later years.
"The Sensorites" comprises 6 episodes from the first season of Who, which finds the Doc, his granddaughter Susan, and schoolteachers Ian and Barbara encountering an Earth spaceship of the future who are making contact with an alien race called the Sensorites. The Sensorites themselves are an incredibly well realised alien culture. Visually they are fantastic, with short actors being cast and much use of make up and prosthetics to create a truly alien looking creature. Their society is nicely sketched out, and the Dr and friends find themselves helping the Sensorites find a cure for a mysterious disease- for once the aliens are not all evil and intent on taking over the Earth!
"The Time Meddler" comprises the final 4 episodes of Who's second season, and is one of the stories which falls into a catergory commonly known as "pseudo-historicals" amongst Dr Who fandom. I.E. A story set in Earth's past but includes sci-fi elements other than the TARDIS and her crew. Upon arrival in England in the year 1066, the Doctor, Vicki, and Steven are perturbed to discover anachronistic oddities lying around, such as digital watches etc. It turns out the futuristic gadgets are the posessions of a local monk, who is in fact a time traveller from the Doctor's home planet - SHOCK! This is an important story in the Who mythos as it is the first time we meet another native of the Doc's homeworld (with the obvious exception of granddaughter Susan), and even this aside, its an entertaining romp to boot - with Peter Purves putting in a great performance as astronaught Steven Taylor, in his first full story.
"The Gunfighters", four episodes from season 3, is a purely historical story with overtly comical overtones. The Doctor and Steven, now accompanied by sometimes-cockney lass Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet, land in the Wild Wild West at around the time of the gunfight at the OK Corral. The Doc is looking for a dentist after sustaining toothache from a hard candy he bit into, and finds himself getting mistaken for the famous Doc Holiday, with Steven and Dodo being forced to perform at the Last Chance saloon. This story is generally regarded as pretty poor, though it is in actual fact a thoroughly entertaining run around that really demonstrates the true versatility of Hartnell's tenure as the Doctor.
All in all this box set provides a nice selection of classic Who tales, and if you like these adventures, bear in mind - as good as they are, they are by no means the best lot from the incredibly high quality first 3 seasons of Who.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super entertainment from William Hartnell and co., 17 Nov 2002
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Mr. K. O'brien (Blackpool, Lancashire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The First Doctor (The Sensorites [1964] / The Time Meddler [1965] / The Gunfighters [1966]) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The Sensorites: This is a very good story, full of mystery, murder and adventure. I see the first episode to be one of the finest in Dr Who's history.
The Time Meddler: Another superb story. William Hartnell and Peter Butterworth act very well together. The story is fine (even when the Doctor is absent for an episode), and the supporting cast is strong.
The Gunfighters: Quite why people dislike this story is unknown to me. It is fun from start to finish, and William Hartnell is super, the last time he seemed to actually remember his lines as the Doctor (see the War Machines where it seems he is making up his own story). The song (Last Chance Saloon) that pops up every so often is a nice treat, and the cast are not all that bad at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half stars actually...., 23 Aug 2007
This review is from: Doctor Who - The First Doctor (The Sensorites [1964] / The Time Meddler [1965] / The Gunfighters [1966]) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
William Hartnell had very few dissapointing stories, and The Time Meddler and The Gunfighters arent two of them, but The Sensorites is quite slow but still entertaining in places. Thats why I give this 4 and a half stars, as The Sensorites gets off to a very good and suspenseful start but then just fizzles out. But the other two historical stories in this set do not dissapoint hardly at all. the Time Meddler takes a while to get started but when it does get going its highly enjoyable, with fine performances from all the actors involved. But the real real gem of this pack is The Gunfighters, in my opinion a high class historical with humour and moderate violence but a very well written piece of work. Some western oriented stuff can be a drag but the Doctor in Tombstone isnt. Highly entertaining. Overall, some great moments of Doctor Who history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who (first doctor), 28 April 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The First Doctor (The Sensorites [1964] / The Time Meddler [1965] / The Gunfighters [1966]) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
These stories always please - junior is a big Dr Who fan. I made a mistake buying video rather than DVD. Fortunately we can still watch these! Great to see now where some of the Dr Who ideas have come from, that we now see/hear appearing in the new series.
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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who - 1st Doctor Box Set, 30 Aug 2002
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The First Doctor (The Sensorites [1964] / The Time Meddler [1965] / The Gunfighters [1966]) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This box set contains three stories; The Sensorites, The Time Meddler and the Gunfighters. Each story is taken from the first three seasons of Doctor Who in the mid-1960's. The Sensorites, from season one, is a pretty good story, set in a non-hostile alien world, with the enemies being rebels of the life form of the planet. The Time Meddler from season 2 is a very good story based around the battle of 1066 in which the Meddling Monk, a member of the Doctor's race attempts to alter history to his own benefit. This is the best story in the set. The worst is certainly the Gunfighters, a take on the tradititional OK Saloon, wild west story. It is so bad is is considered the worst Doctor Who story of all time by many people. The acting in the Gunfighters is very poor (except for the regulars), unlike in the other two, in which the acting is excellent, Peter Butterworth, later of 'Carry On' fame the stand out as the Meddling Monk. William Hartnell (Dr.who) gives in good performances in all stories. I would recommend this to both casual viewers and Dr Who fans - just don't think the Gunfighters is a reflection of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: The first doctor box set on vhs, 12 April 2009
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Mr. M. Hurst (Scarborough) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The First Doctor (The Sensorites [1964] / The Time Meddler [1965] / The Gunfighters [1966]) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
3 of the last william hartnell stories to be released on vhs as a box set. Any doctor who fan should have one in there collection.
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